Genus Medicago and Key to Subgenera

  • Karlis Adolfs Lesins
  • Irma Lesins


Annual or perennial herbs or shrubs. Corolla papilionaceous with free standard and wings, the two keel petals connate; nine stamens united by their filaments forming a staminal column, the tenth stamen free; corolla and the staminal column forming a tripping mechanism for cross-pollination. Calyx bell-shaped, 5-toothed. Leaves trifoliate. Stipules adnate to the petiole. Racemes axillary, pedunculate, few-to-many-flowered. Fruit from a straight to a tightly coiled pod. Seeds 1-to-many per pod. Cotyledons at seedling stage not divided into separate petiolar and laminar parts. Basic chromosome number x = 8, some species have x = 7.


Chromosome Number Type Species Open Centre Perennial Herb Basic Chromosome 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

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  • Karlis Adolfs Lesins
  • Irma Lesins

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